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  Sopranos: Orla Boylan

Born in Dublin‚ Orla Boylan’s most recent and future plans include the title role Tosca at New Zealand Opera‚ Turandot in semi-staged performances for Opera North‚ Lady Billows Albert Herring at The Grange Festival‚ Senta Der fliegende Holländer for Royal Danish Opera‚ Copenhagen‚ Aida for Wide Open Opera‚ and Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with RTE Symphony Orchestra.

Recent seasons have seen a number of major debuts including Gutrune Götterdämmerung for Opera North and Chrysothemis Elektra for West Australian Opera as well as her house debut at Teatro alla Scala in Giorgio Batistelli’s new commission CO2. Her thrilling performance as Senta Der fliegende Holländer - where she “commands the stage with her magnificent performance” (The Listener) - brought her notable international success in recent seasons both on stage and in concert.

A series of title roles for Garsington Opera (ArabellaAriadne auf Naxos and the British stage-premiere of Die Liebe der Danae) established Boylan as a respected interpreter of the music of Richard Strauss. Amongst a number of glowing reviews for her performances‚ The Times has noted that “The Irish soprano is in sensational form‚ finding a radiance and warmth in Strauss’s lines that is matched by tender insight in the word-painting.”

Orla Boylan is also a leading interpreter of Britten’s operas in which her roles include Ellen Orford Peter Grimes‚ Governess The Turn of the Screw‚ Female Chorus The Rape of Lucretia‚ Miss Wingrave Owen Wingrave (Opera National de Lorraine) Lady Billows (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino).

Concert appearances include Britten’s War Requiem at the Perth International Arts Festival‚ Mahler’s Symphony No.8 with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Markus Stenz) and Berg’s Wozzeck with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Sir Andrew Davis). She has performed Vier letzte Lieder with a number of orchestras including the Hallé (Sir Mark Elder) and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Xian Zhang) and the final scene from Ariadne auf Naxos with the Orchestra Sinfonice Nazionale della RAI (Jeffrey Tate).

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